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The Marlins are among a handful of teams that are looking to end their long playoff drought this upcoming season. Plus links on Giancarlo's face guard, Hechavarria's projections, and ranking the Marlins uniforms.

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-Which of these long playoff droughts will end first? | SportsonEarth.com : Paul Casella Article

Miami could very well compete for one of the two Wild Card berths, but the Marlins' better bet seems to be 2016, when Fernandez will seemingly be ready from Opening Day and Alvarez and Cosart each have another year of experience under their belt.

-Stanton to wear protective face guard in camp | marlins.com

Physically and mentally, Giancarlo Stanton is ready to start Spring Training later this month with no restrictions. But to make sure there is no hesitation, Miami's two-time All-Star right fielder will wear a protective guard on his helmet. In his offseason workouts, Stanton tested his new gear, and he is expected to be ready to go when Marlins position players begin workouts on Feb. 24 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

-2015 ZiPS Projections: Adeiny Hechavarria - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Then, in 2014, Hechavarria improved steadily in virtually every aspect, but still not enough to become the impact player the Marlins thought they received from the Blue Jays in 2012. Over 574 PA, Hech slashed .276/.308/.356 with a 82 wRC+ and .290 wOBA. Strangely, he actually walked less (4.5%) than in 2013, but also struck out less (15.0%) but still showed absolutely no power once again (.080 ISO).

-Tommy Hutton: Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals should compete for National League East | FOX Sports

Without a doubt I think it's going to be Washington and the Marlins.

-Miami Marlins Uniform Power Rankings - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More - Page 2

4). Black Alternate Jerseys Labeled an "alternate" by the team, this uniform have been worn entirely too often over the past couple of years.

Around The League

-MLB.com 2015 Player Preview | MLB.com

Check out MLB.com's Player Preview to get outlooks, projections and rankings for more than 800 big leaguers.

-QB Wilson will reportedly join Rangers again in Spring Training | MLB.com

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a two-time NFL Pro Bowler who has led his team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, will reportedly again spend time with the Rangers at Spring Training this year.

-Giambi mulling Indians' non-playing role offer | MLB.com

The Indians have made it known to veteran Jason Giambi that the club is willing to offer him a role within the organization, but the conversation between the two sides has not progressed beyond that point. Since late October, Cleveland has maintained that it has interest in keeping the 43-year-old Giambi in the fold in a non-playing capacity. That would likely mean either serving as an advisor to the front office or working as an instructor or coach in the Minor Leagues.

-Andruw Jones looking to return to MLB after two years in Japan - ESPN

Former Atlanta Braves slugger Andruw Jones is looking to return to Major League Baseball after playing two years in Japan, agent Scott Boras told ESPN.com Monday.

At Fish Stripes

-Marlins could consider 2-year deal for James Shields - Fish Stripes

If James Shields is interested in signing a short-term deal, he and the Marlins could be a perfect fit.

-Miami Marlins prospects Tyler Kolek, J.T. Realmuto in Keith Law's top-100 list - Fish Stripes

The Marlins had two prospects, a pitcher and a catcher, land in ESPN's Keith Law's top-100 prospect list.

-Miami Marlins have 24th-best farm system by Keith Law's rankings - Fish Stripes

After the Marlins dealt away a few top prospects over the offseason, they were slotted at number 24 in ESPN's Keith Law's ranking of MLB farm systems.